Hawaiian Airlines' arbitrary charges for ticketing are holding the local Hawaiian population hostage. When it costs over $300 to fly roundtrip for local folks, something is wrong.
Five days ago, the cheapest ticket from Maui to Hilo was over $160, with other time slots costing well over $220 on the same date for the cheapest level of service. A month ago, it was $85.
Since the demise of Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian has no real competition. In its quest for expansion into more far-reaching foreign and domestic non-Hawai'i markets, the cost of this is on the backs of everyone flying interisland.
It's time to look at reregulating Hawaiian. May residents, including myself, are requesting our state representatives to look at taking over the free-for-all ticketing practices this airline is so cavalier in flaunting.
The questions need to be answered regarding how much of the local cost of tickets is subsidizing Hawaiians' far-reaching hunger for more revenue and ever-increasing out-of- Hawai'i expansion.
We should not have to pay the burden of this monopoly's expansion, and there should be a two-tier cost for interisland flight--one for visitors and one for locals--as is done in many countries.
Don't hesitate to contact your state senators and representatives to let them know you back getting better priced tickets for residents.